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There’s No App For That

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Where do I find brain apps?

Smart phones are getting to be a lot smarter.Well, they’re getting to be a lot more useful.

A smart phone that’s had a bunch of apps downloaded and then deleted, had its settings randomly skewed by numerous people trying to fix this or that, those can be frustrating.

And that kind of reminds me of the way my brain is. Some of the settings are not quite right, and we can’t find where to change them in the setup menu.

I kind of wish …

Speaking of my phone, I really wish someone would write an ultra huge app that had every setting listed and a switch or dial or slider there to modify those settings. You could set up everything on your phone and then uninstall that app until the next time you needed to make changes.

And I wish that whoever wrote that app would do it with a seventy year old checking their work and telling them when the name of the control means nothing to them and it needs to be changed to something they can understand.

Also, someone who knows grammar and punctuation and actual word meanings should check the end result over one more time.

But …

I digress, as I often do.

My brain is like that smart phone in that it is capable of doing some amazing things, but the settings are all off and controls for them are not working, or not clearly labeled, or just not there.

For example …

My smartphone has some kind of gyro sensor that tells it which way is up in relation to its own position. Do I use this on my phone? Yes.

I use it to make my phone orient the screen so that it is always right side up when I look at it.

When I’m lying in bed, however, sometimes it’s annoying, ’cause sometimes it turns the screen right side up when I’m actually lying sideways and wanting to read that way.

My brain has that …

Yes it does, but it works properly. That was just an example. In that situation, I can go into settings and change the phone so that it stays oriented in portrait mode.

Something else my brain has is an amazing detail retrieval system. I can look at something and immediately my brain starts retrieving random details that are connected to what I’m looking at.

The retrieval of some of those details amazes even me and I’m used to this brain and the way it works.

But then …

Someone will ask me what I had for lunch yesterday and I’ll be at a loss. To compound matters, I’ll start wondering what day yesterday was. Then I’ll start trying to recall what I did yesterday.

As soon as I remember one thing I did yesterday I’ll start thinking of things about that one thing. There’s that amazing detail retrieval mechanism working fine.

But I’ve already forgotten what the original question was.


So I need some way of being able to turn that on and off.

I need some way of being able to set the depth my mind will dive to to retrieve details. I need some way to get my mind to focus on just details pertaining to the question at hand, and not start fishing for details about the details about the details …

And as I said … there’s no app for that.

There’s No App For That

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2018). There’s No App For That. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 20, 2019, from


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